This Summer I made it to live one of my dreams, which was spending some days in a van and living in a camping ,next to the sea !
It was beyond good! It was great! Although some of the comforts I used to have when I was living in a room were absent … I had multi rewards by living inside the nature, 30 steps from the blue sea and living in a kind of community where you can stay alone or find a neighbour to talk to or have a beer any time …
Wish you that this Summer has left you a salty taste on the lips !!
This is the yard I have spend most of my Summers as a child!
Going back to the places you have lived as a child is always a good way to connect your past with the present self!
Zakynthos-( Greece) ,is the island I have spent the majority of my childhood Summers.
That means -only for me -that this island is beyond every comparison!
(Of course, I am subjective as much as anyone can be! Daaah )
Even the air smells “better” than anywhere else on the earth, at my island ( Fig and Jasmin!)
Going back to the Island for one more Summer I verify that a big part of me, still feels 8 yrs old every time I visit this yard. It doesn’t matter that I am a grown up woman and I visit the yard with my own family and my 6yrs old son…
At this place I am 8 again and I know every corner of the garden, where the soil is darker and actually which tree has the same age as I am.
Yes, there is especially a tree, that we have the same age and I can spot the changes every year.
The last year was a very special for me as I decided to change career path and liberate myself from the corporate environment.
Now I will pursuit a career that keeps me busy with drawing all the time !
It was a difficult decision that took me years of postponing but it was what I was truly wanted.
I found my tree high till the sky ,aiming higher like every year but this year a repulsive climbing plant whose leaves and branches, although very strong, neither smelled anything nor had any other use, had literally drowned my tree and had aggressively climbed almost 3 meters on it. Wherever they had gone, its branches had dried up, drowned out by this creeping nightmare…
I knew how this tree was feeling!
And you can’t imagine how tough those branches were and how much work it required in order to cut and remove all those branches and liberate the tree again. Fortunately my husband undertook all the difficult part that required him to climb the ladder as high as 3 meters among other things.
The tree is beautiful and free again.
Some branches were cut but new branches are growing too.
LIFE, with twists and folds, with bruises and marks always goes on.
My trip to Madrid, last year, was “my last trip” before Corona virus kept us all locked down in our houses and away from travelling abroad.
My memories of Madrid are vivid, colorful and full of tasteful flavours of the Spanish tapas.
So when it came to painting something about Madrid I thought of those lovely little shops that serve Paella that I would love to visit again.
and in a closer look
– Portugal –
Lisbon – Portugal
Copenhagen – Denmark
Copenhagen – Hans Christian Andersen’s home town –
A city like fairy tale.
The rooftops of the buildings was the most inspiring of all and if you look my sketch book of Copenhagen this is how it looks :
I should not forget to mention the unparalleled Design, that of the Scandinavian countries – an ode to practicality!
And the dreamy National Gallery – especially the section with the Danish painters I visited and I was really amazed !!
You can get an idea here from the official site of the National Gallery.
What was really new for me was how Danish people were visiting the National Gallery:
There were comfortable large sofas in the rooms, that you could sit and stare the paintings for hours in a really comfortable and relaxing way like you were in your living room! Also in all theGallery there where many many babies, toddlers and children crawling at the floors and interact with the view of those great paintings!
Lisbon is a city that I would love to spend some months or years of my life. It was perfect match for me and nurtured my inspiration in many ways.
I was amazed from the food, culture and architecture and I visited a fantastic museum of medieval carriages , which was really , really impressive! Check here if you are interested this strange theme Museum.